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Valley Central taxpayers voted down the district’s proposed $22.7 million bond referendum on Tuesday by a razor-thin margin of 30 votes, as residents declined to fund the district’s planned renovations to the High School-Middle School complex parking lot. The measure was defeated as 585 taxpayers voted against the proposal, while 555 voted in favor of it. The vote was delayed for an hour on Tuesday morning as Town of Montgomery police investigated a terroristic threat that was phoned into the high school, where the voting was taking place. A Walden woman was arrested in connection with the call, and the voting resumed at approximately 11:45 a.m. and continued until 9: p.m. The balloting arrived three months after taxpayers overwhelmingly voted to approve Valley Central’s 2019-2020 budget, but residents balked this week at the district’s proposed referendum package. The district had hoped to begin renovating the high school parking lot before the state Department of Transportation commences its planned work on Route 17K in the fall of 2020 to install at least one traffic light outside of the school complex. The proposed $22.7 million package also included a pool dehumidification system for the high school pool, a concession stand and restroom facility near the football field and renovations to the Montgomery Elementary School parking lot. The district had weighed smaller referendum packages that would have focused on the parking lot renovations, but opted to present voters with a more robust proposal that included infrastructure upgrades throughout the district. Valley Central will now have to go back to the drawing board after voters rejected that plan by a tiny margin this week. more
Leaning gingerly on her cane, Celeste VanFleet slowly made her way to a little folding table in the Pine Bush Area Public Library. Soon, three other senior citizens joined her, each taking a side of … more
In April 2018, the Shawangunk Town Board passed a local law to regulate large-scale solar farms in the town, and the first proposed solar project that would make use of the bill is now under … more
On one blue-sky weekday morning, children were engrossed in play at James Olley Community Park. They shook a rainbow-colored tarp as other children ran underneath. Another group of kids played on a … more
Crawford will try once again to secure funding for the Dwaar Kill-Pine Bush Water Supply System, which will provide water to the town from county lands. The plan includes the installation of a … more
The Gardiner Town Highway Department and members of the Mid-Hudson chapter of the Antique Truck Club of America (ATCA) paid tribute to a beloved member of both organizations at the Mid-Hudson Antique … more
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Project Sailfish has been released, moving the project one step closer to approval. Located near Interstate-84 (I-84) and the intersections of … more
Hope Not Handcuffs (HNH)—a police-community partnership that provides access to substance abuse treatment—is on the receiving end of $23,000 in grants within the past week. HNH … more
A hastily-called meeting to deal with a procedural matter boiled over into a heated exchange over the public officer’s meeting law last Thursday at Montgomery Town Hall. The Town of … more
Community members in red t-shirts gathered together on a sunny day last Saturday to commemorate a special young man and raise money for struggling families and young people at the 5th Annual … more
While it may have been a slow start to the year, the Wallkill Valley’s farmers are optimistic about this year’s harvest. The year started out wet and rainy, which caused many farmers … more
The Montgomery town board recently kicked off the comprehensive plan process, which might be the answer to residents’ woes as they mobilize against large-scale development in the town. more
With a public referendum vote on Valley Central’s proposed $22.7 million bond referendum fast approaching on Aug. 20, the district administration laid out its case for the bond measure during a … more
Medline has announced an online landing page to provide project updates on its proposed $120-million investment in the community with its distribution center project. The company, which has been part … more
Students from the Pine Bush Summer Youth Leadership academy served sweet treats and a smile last Thursday when they hosted an ice cream social for Pine Bush veterans. Veterans chattered inside the … more
A couple claims they were racially profiled during a marriage proposal at Angry Orchard in Walden last Sunday. A woman who identifies herself as Marie Cleone posted to Facebook and said she and … more
Montgomery residents are organizing in opposition to large-scale development in the town with the formation of the group Residents Protecting Montgomery (RPM). “We’re for smart, … more
A new 81,200-square-foot multi-purpose building on Hawkins Drive in the Town of Montgomery is being constructed for warehousing and light manufacturing. Fergal Conefrey, Managing Director of Times … more
Finding a mechanic to fix the array of heavy machinery found in a highway garage is no easy task, and the Town of Shawangunk Highway Department has been searching for a new mechanic since May. With … more
After hosting a presentation on the issue, and a subsequent vigorous debate, the Walden Village Board voted 4-3 during its July 16 meeting to adopt a resolution to join the state’s Climate … more
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